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Gender: Female Meaning of Selma: "godly helmet" Origin of Selma: German

The name Selma is a girl's name of German origin meaning "godly helmet". Selma and is often added to lists like Beautiful Bohemian Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change One Letter".

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After decades of playing mah-jongg with her buddies Bernice and Myrna, Selma has been given a somewhat more youthful spin via actresses Selma Blair and Salma Hayek. Popular in the early 19th century, it is still #34 in both Sweden and Norway. Selma won a Nobel Prize via Swedish author Selma Lagerlof, the first woman to win for literature.

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Famous People Named Selma

Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf, Swedish author; 1st woman to win Literature Nobel Prize
Selma Adzem, Bosnian singer
Selma Bajrami, Albanian-Bosnian pop star
Selma Blair, American actress
Selma Björnsdóttir, Icelandic singer
Selma Ergec, Turkish-German actress, beauty queen, & doctor
Selma Harrington, Bosnian-Irish architect & designer
Selma Kurz, Austrian opera singer
Selma Mekic, Bosnian TV host
Selma Yagci, Turkish boxer
Selma Diamond, American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Selma

Selma Bouvier, character on "The Simpsons;" twin of sister Patty
Selma Malet, character in Mary A. Dickens' "Cross Currents"
Selma, character in Kenize Mourad's "Regards from the Dead Princess"
Selma, character on "The Crazy, Confused & Normal"
Selma Ježková, main character in the musical "Dancer in the Dark"
Selma St. George, character in Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne
Selma Quickly, Character in the Nanny McPhee series
Selma, city in Alabama
"Selma," 2014 film about the civil rights march in Selma, Alabama

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Stephen Malkmus Says:


I don't think of black culture lol, I think of Selma Blair

Guest Says:


I don't usually go for old names but this is a nice black history name. And the movie Selma is coming out soon which will naturally get a lot of Oscar buzz.